All PDG and JPDG sessions are held at Harlequins Training Centre, Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7AD.
The Surrey DPP is split over two sites. These sites are Harlequins Training Centre (address above) and Tooting and Mitcham FC, Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Road, Morden, SM4 6BF
All Sussex DPP sessions are held at Brighton Rugby Club, Waterhall Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 8YR.
U18 & U17 PDG Day Camps 2019/20
July – 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30
August - 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13
October – 28, 29, 31 (Half Term)
December – TBC (Christmas)
February – 17 and 19 (Half Term)
April – TBC (Easter)
U16 PDG Day Camps 2019/20
July - 9, 11, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
August - 5, 7, 12
October – TBC (Half Term)
December – TBC (Christmas)
February – 17 and 19 (Half Term)
April – TBC (Easter)
PDG Monday Evening Sessions 2019/2020 7pm – 9pm
September – 2, 9, 16, 23
October – 7, 14, 21
November – 4, 11, 18
December – 2, 9
January – 6, 13, 27
February – 3, 10
March – 2, 9
JPDG Day Camps 2019/20
All JPDG sessions run from 10:00 – 14:00
July - 17, 24
August - 7, 14
October – 30
December – TBC
DPP Summer Dates 2019 - 2020
DPP Summer sessions at all 3 sites:
Monday 8th July – Evening session at all 3 sites
Wednesday 31st July – Day Camp at all 3 sites
Monday 19th August – Day Camp at all 3 sites
DPP Evening Sessions at SSP and Tooting and Mitcham 2019- 2020
U14 and U15 at Surrey Sports Park and Tooting and Mitcham from 7 - 9pm.
U16 DPP at Surrey Sports Park
Wednesday 30th October (Day Camp)
U14 DPP Monday nights at Brighton Rugby Club
U15 DPP Monday nights at Brighton Rugby Club
U16 DPP Monday nights at Brighton Rugby Club
The Harlequins Academy region encompasses the counties of Sussex and Surrey (including parts of inner London). We can only recruit players under the age of U18 from this area as per our Academy Licence from the RFU.
In terms of entry points we run an assessment day / trial at U13 into the DPP process in the February half term of the boys U13 year. There are multiple entry points at other age groups around both the DPP and PDG process. Any players who we would look to trial in these groups will need recommendations from their schools / clubs and or will have been seen and recommended by our scouting network.
Click here for the Harlequins Player Development Pathway.
We have a number of weight centres that are available for all PDG players. The details of the centres can be found below. Please note that these weight centres only run between October and April. You will receive an email with the exact start dates in September.
Surrey Sports Park
Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7AD
Monday 6 -7 (DPP) and 7-8 pm (PDG)
Thursday 5.30 - 6.30pm and 6.30 - 7.30pm. DPP and EPDG - players can attend either session.
The National Sports Centre, Ledrington Road, London, SE19 2BB
Tuesday 6-7 pm & Thursday 6-7 pm
Contact - Keith Morgan (07885049435)
Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 0AL
Tuesday & Thursday 7-8 pm
Contact - Brendan Hayes (07976431964)
The Weights Centres are free of charge and are available for all PDG. Sessions will be individualised depending on players needs and training history. However, common themes will involve the development of barbell technique, the improvement of physical literacy, a low level resistance stimulus and developments in core strength & range of movement. We also aspire to educate and advise the players in regards to training options & habits away from the weight centre sessions.
The Weight Centre’s offer a good opportunity for us to gauge where the boys are at and lay important foundations for their current and future development. These are not compulsory sessions but we do recommend you attend when possible.
The Harlequins Performance Nutrition Philosophy....
"At Harlequins we adopt a fresh food philosophy right thoughout the club, right from our DPP to our 1st XV; prioritising whole, unprocessed, nutrition dense food to support the growth, development and performance of our Harlequins."
Please click here for a pdf on nurition for the younger athlete
1. Include a source of protein at every meal to support the growth and repair of your developing muscles. Eggs, milk and greek yoghurt are excellent example of protein sources that can be included in your breakfast or used as a recovery snack! Prioritise lean meats and fish as a protein source at both lunch and dinner. Aim for one of these meals / snacks approximately every 3 hours.
2. Fuel your training with high performance foods! Carbohydrates are our bodies high intensity fuel source, without them we may struggle for energy and perform poorly. Fuel your training with low GI foods such as sweet potato, oats, rice, quinoa etc. Combine this fuel with some protein to continue to support your muscles and some fruit / vegetables.
3. Nail your recovery! Training causes damage to your muscle and depletes our bodies fuel stores meaning we need to act quickly post session/game to aid the recovery of our muscles and restoration of our fuel stores. High quality protein and higher GI carbohydrates are key. Milk and fruit are ideal for this! A large glass of milk supplies us with qualities proteins, carbohydrates and a host of vitamins and minerals; whilst the fruit increases the carbohydrate and antioxidant content of the recovery snack. Because some of these vitamins in milk are fat soluble (needs fat to be absorbed) whole milk is a preferred choice for the adolescent athlete. Other great options are greek yoghurts, or a fruit smoothies (made with milk and yoghurt). At this age supplementation is not required, the priority is optimising your dietary habits with whole food. As and when the athlete progresses to a stage where supplementation may be necessary, all supplements must be informed sport registered and cleared by the club nutritionist.
4. Aim for 7+ servings of fruit and veg a day! I know this sounds high but when you set small targets like 2 servings per meal and 1 with your snack it becomes very achievable. Fruits and vegetables not only support your immune system but also are a great source of antioxidants which help our bodies recover faster from the demands of training and playing.
5. Keep Hydrated! Have a large glass of water as soon as you wake up and make sure to carry a water bottle on you at all times whether you are at school, training, or simply on a train. Don't let yourself go thirsty, try have a few mouthfuls of fluid every 10-15 mins at training to ensure you are staying on top of things.
6. Don't fear fats! Some fats such as omega 3 fatty acids are essential to our bodies. Try have 1 - 2 sources of high quality dietary fats daily such as oily fish at meal times, nuts as a snack or extra virgin olive oil drizzled over your vegetables at dinner.
Match Day Meals - Breakfast
Ensuring we are adequately fuelled for match day is essential to limit fatgiue and optimise performance. As a result we need to ensure we consume enough carbohydrates both the day before and morning of a game. These Banana & Oat Game Day Pancakes are a great option for breakfast. Rich in protein, they also supply your body with some quality slow release carbohydrates to have you firing on all cylinders for kick off.
For information on PDG and DPP recovery guidelines please click here.
For more information on Injury Management guidelines please click here.
For information on Sleep Guidance please click here.
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